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Village restores police chief amid harassment investigation

June 13, 2019

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico village’s police chief has been reinstated while a village manager and two female employees who have alleged sexual harassment have been fired.

The Gallup Independent reports the Village of Milan Board of Trustees terminated Manager Paul Peña almost a month after he placed Police Chief Patrick Salazar on administrative leave.

Peña says he placed Salazar on administrative leave after two female employees of the Milan Police Department made allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination and hostile work environment. It was not known if Salazar was the target of their complaint.

But the board voted Thursday to fire Peña and reinstate Salazar pending an investigation. The board also appointed Carlos Vallejos as deputy police chief, who then fired the female employees.

Salazar says he’s happy to be back.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com

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